Kevin Durant to Make Leap as Playmaker?
The thing that impressed me most tonight was Kevin Durant’s passing. His improvement as a playmaker was evident last year, but he looks even more comfortable creating this year. He had five assists and would have had more if a few of his passes weren’t fumbled. Then there was this. Zero turnovers. Durant has had more turnovers than assists in every year he’s been in the league. But he has a certain bounce about him now that says “I got this.” Against the Nuggets, it didn’t matter who was on him or how many visiting players were blocking his path. Durant got to his spot and made the best decision once there, be it pulling up or dump-off passes to big men. This could be a big year from KD as a playmaker.
Durant on his improvement as a passer: “I’m just trying to make the right play and slow down a little bit. I think I’m playing with a good pace, playing slow to fast and just being able to see the floor. I’m just taking my time. Last year I maybe was rushing and I might get a turnover.